Class 3A golf: Plainview's Trae Wilkins wins crown

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: May 7, 2013

  — While Plainview's Trae Wilkins hugged his teammates, Oklahoma Christian School's Zac Schaefer took off his white hat and swiped his leg in anger.

Wilkins chipped in for birdie on the third playoff hole to claim the Class 3A individual golf championship on Tuesday at Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.

Both Wilkins and Schaefer birdied the first playoff hole, and parred the second.

About 50 yards out on the third playoff hole, Wilkins hit a wedge shot that landed about a foot from the pin. Despite a putt from Schaefer that hit the far edge of the lip and bounced over, Wilkins hit his chip to claim the title.

“I just knew that if I got it up and down I was going to win,” Wilkins said. “I'm extremely good with my wedges.”

 He actually could have won the tournament in regulation, but a three-putt bogey on 18 dropped him into a tie with Schaefer at 217.

“My coach said all you have to do is two-putt and it's yours,” Wilkins said. “I got really nervous about it. I left my first putt short because I didn't want to blow it by and then my second putt lipped out.”

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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